Showing posts with label Bracelet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bracelet. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bracelet Weaves / Beading Challenge Reveal

Here's the bracelet I came up with for the beading challenge:


I made it using almost all beads I showed you HERE a month ago. I changed the color of three blue round seed beads and removed some of the green ones.

That was the first time where I was more focused in the colors I was going to use than in the pattern itself. Usually, when I'm creating a new design, I don't pay much attention to the colors. I will just think about it when I have the design done. But I'm pleased with the result of this new brainstorm process. I'll definitely try it more times from now on!


After shooting the video, I made another bracelet with some blue howlite chips that I had:


I used three techniques to make the bracelets: ladder stitch, brick stitch (increases and decreases) and double netting. The pattern is not difficult, but it was hard for me to show you on the camera how to make double netting with all those beads in different sizes and colors. So I'll recommend this tutorial for intermediate/advanced beaders, who knows well how to work with netting stitch.

The materials I used in the Blue/Green bracelet:
- Toho Hex bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: capri-lined crystal luster (#188); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Japanese round bead, size 11/0, color: light blue metallic lined crystal clear; 
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: topaz inside color lined green (#393); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: transparent matte lime green AB (#164F); store
- Quartzite chip beads, medium, color: green (dyed); Michaels
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, black;
- Magnetic clasp, 12x8mm, silver plated;

Black/Blue bracelet:
- Toho hexagonal seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black (#49); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black; store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: capri blue silver lined (#25); store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: duracoat galvanized silver (#D4201); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 11/0, color: opaque black; store
- Howlite chip beads, medium, color: lapis blue (dyed); store
- C-lon thread, size D, color: black;
- Magnetic clasp, 8mm, silver plated;



Check what the other participants did for the challenge:


Watch the tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Flying Bracelet

Let's celebrate the summer with a new tutorial, shall we?  ^_^


I called it "flying bracelet" because it remembers me of fly's wings! Lol The bracelet is quite easy to make and I love how easy it is to play with colors in this pattern.




I wanted to make all them in summer colors, but I couldn't resist making one in black/silver.

Now, the key to successfully make these bracelets is to use a tight tension when adding the rizo beads. And because of that, it's important to use a strong thread like Fireline.


Here's the list of materials that I used and the link for the stores where I bought them:

Pink bracelet
- Rizo beads, 2.5x6mm, color: lilac luster; store
- Pellet beads, 4x6mm,  color: chalk white marbled purple; store
- Toho round seed beads, size 11/0, color: matte opaque soft lilac (#765); store
- Toho round seed beads, size 15/0, color: ceylon lilac (#151); store
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, white;
- Magnetic clasp, 12x8mm, color: antique copper;


Black bracelet
- Rizo beads, 2.5x6mm, color: jet chrome; store
- Pellet beads, 4x6mm,  color: chrome full; store
- Toho round seed beads, size 11/0, color: nickel plated (711); store
- Toho round seed beads, size 15/0, color: silver lined gray (29B); store
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, black;
- Magnetic clasp, 8x12mm, color: gunmetal;

Green/orange bracelet
- Rizo beads, 2.5x6mm, color: peridot capri gold; store
- Pellet beads, 4x6mm,  color: alabaster pastel lime; store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: unknown;
- Japanese round seed beads, size 15/0, color: unknown;
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, white;
- Magnetic clasp, 12x7mm, color: antique brass;


You can watch the video tutorial HERE or get the PDF file in my Etsy store HERE.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pattern Review: Beaded Bracelet Russian Frost

Today I want to show you my version of the Russian Frost bracelet designed by Svetlana McDaniel. You can watch the tutorial HERE.


I don't recommend this tutorial for beginners because it's a very intricate and detailed work. I had some difficult to understand a few parts of the tutorial. You need to pay attention to all the steps to know exactly where you should pass your needle.

To avoid mistakes, I first watched the whole video and I wrote down the instructions with my own words. Then I got all the materials I needed and sat down in front of my computer. I worked following the video and the instructions I wrote.

I also think that I made my job more difficult by choosing a mixed color of seed beads instead of working with one single color. But I have to say that I'm very pleased with the result. The bracelet is beautiful and it worth all the work!



The tutorial is divided in two parts. In the first one you'll learn how to make the center of the bracelet. In the second one you'll learn how to make the bands and how to attach them to the center piece.

Without the clasp, the size of the bracelet is 5.5" (14 cm). And with the clasp I used, its finished size is 6 3/4" (17 cm). If you want it larger, you can add a chain of jump rings at the end, or you can create four motifs (or more) instead of three in each band of the bracelet.


Here's the list of materials I used (and the quantity of each one):

- Darice glass pearls 4mm, burgundy (68 pearls); local store (Michaels)
- Darice glass pearls 6mm, burgundy (6 pearls); local store (Michaels)
- Czech seed beads 11/0, color: mix vineyard (8 grams); store
- C-lon thread, size D, purpe (17 feet or 5.2 meters); store
- wire guardian, silver plated (02); ebay

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Netting Bracelet with Crystals and Pearls

Here's the first tutorial of the year! It's a bracelet in netting stitch with an embellishment on top.


I did a modification in the netting stitch because I wanted to create a symmetric design. In the way I did, the two sides of the bracelet are exactly the same. I did a kind of decrease and increase in each row to achieve that.

Now, when I made the bracelets I wanted something that remembers the winter time. So I chose the black and violet colors - I think they suit well the season. And I used transparent bicone crystals in the same colors of the bracelets to create an effect that resembles bits of ice.



The crystals look a bit dull in the pictures. I think that's because I used Chinese crystals. But in person the bracelets look very nice.


The materials I used in the black bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque jet black (#49); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver (#1051); (local store)
- Darice glass pearls 4mm, grey; (Michaels store)
- clasp 3-strand slide lock, 21x6mm, silver plated; store
- One G thread, black; store

The violet bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, tanzanite silver lined (#39); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver (#1051); (local store)
- Darice glass pearls 4mm, lavender; (Michaels store)
- clasp 3-strand slide lock, 21x6mm, silver plated; store
- One G thread, white; store

I also did one bracelet in warm tones of green and pale gold. It's a bit different from the other two bracelets because in this one I used only one bead as picot at the end of each row. Unfortunately I don't have any information about the colors of these beads. All I know is that they're Czech seed beads size 11/0.


I hope the tutorial is clear enough. Please tell me what you think in the comments below. And if you decide to make the bracelet, please feel free to share a picture of your work on my Facebook page. I'd love to see it! :)

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tutorial: Simple Netting Bracelet

At the beginning of this month I decided I wanted to learn netting stitch. I already knew the basics - I think I made one or two projects with netting in the past - but I never stopped to really learn this technique.

And I thought that would be nice to share with you what I'm learning. So you may expect a bunch of posts talking about netting in the future. :)

To start our journey, I created this very simple bracelet in netting. I didn't add any embellishment to it because I wanted to focus on the technique. But besides its simplicity, I really like how nice it stays on my wrist. I hope you enjoy it as well.


I made the tutorial with high quality pictures. The size of the original PDF file is 15.6 Mb. But I also created a compressed PDF file (4.8 Mb) for those of you who prefer smaller files. Here are the links for the two versions of the tutorial:

Netting tutorial - High quality version
Netting tutorial - Compressed version



The beads I used in the bracelets are Czech beads size 11/0. Unfortunately I don't have any information about the colors.

And this is another version of the bracelet (the first one), with a different clasp:


Please tell me what you think of the tutorial. :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Simply Seeds (Peyote Ruffles)

Today's review is about the Simply Seeds bracelet designed by Carol Mundy. The pattern was published in Beadwork Magazine December/2012.

I chose this pattern because I love designs that uses only seed beads and I also wanted to learn how to make ruffles with peyote stitch.


The pattern is quite easy to make: we create the base in peyote stitch, then make the ruffles on the top and finally work on the edges. But I had a difficult time when making the ruffles at the clasp. It didn't work well, I couldn't place the beads in the nice weave shape I did in the other ruffles. I tried several times and that's the best I could get:


And because I didn't pay attention to the bracelet's finished size, I worked only the number of rows specified in the pattern and my bracelet ended up too short for me (it measures 6 1/2" or 16.5 cm). So if you want a longer bracelet, you'll need to work more rows than the number called in the pattern.

Here's the back of the bracelet:


To make the base in peyote, I used a mix of round seed beads instead of cylinder beads. And to make the ruffles I had to use a tight tension to keep the beads in place.

The list of materials I used:
- Japanese seed beads, 11/0, Citrus Mix by FusionBeads (SB4061);
- Toho seed beads, 8/0, lilac lined periodt transparent (SB0982);
- One G thread, beige; store

Unfortunately I don't have the link for the beads. I bought them at Fusion Beads and they were discontinued.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cleopatra's Path Bracelet

Here's the second design using kheops par puca beads as I promised. I'm sorry I didn't publish it earlier, but I had another tendonitis crisis in my right arm  and I had to spend a few weeks using a protection that restricted my arm movements.

I made this bracelet using right angle weave stitch. If you already know it, you'll find the tutorial very easy to follow.




Here's the materials I used to make the brown bracelet:

- Toho seed beads, 15/0, inside color crystal/gold lined (#262); store
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, opaque beige luster; store
- O-beads, gold iris satin mix; store
- Czechmates 2-Hole Brick beads, 3x6mm, opaque light beige with picasso; store
- Czech druk bead, 4mm, white picasso; store
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" or 0.15mm diam, white; 


You can replace the round beads by 4mm crystal bicones as I did in this bracelet:




The materials I used in the black bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- O-beads, labrador full; store
- Czechmates 2-Hole Brick beads, 3x6mm, silver; store
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, black; store
- Swarovski crystal bicones, 4mm, crystal silver night; store
- Fireline thread, 6 lb (0.15mm), smoke; store


You can watch the video tutorial HERE or buy the tutorial in PDF format HERE.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kheops Bracelet

Hi everyone! Today I'm very happy to share with you a new tutorial that I created using the kheops par puca beads. I bought two tubes of these beads a month ago because I was very curious about them. At the beginning I had some difficult to use them because they're very different. But once I got used, all I could think was: "I need more of these beads!". LOL

I came up with two different designs using these beads. This is the first that I created - it's simple and suitable for beginners. If you never worked with the kheops beads before, I think this tutorial will help you to get used to them.

In my opinion, the only downside about these beads is that they're a bit expensive. A 9 grams package (with approximately 70 beads) is around $4.60 to $6.60. The price varies according to the bead's color. And like the superduo beads, you can find some kheop beads with one of the holes clogged. So if you're going to work in a pattern that calls for 9 grams (70 beads) of kheops beads, I recommend you buy two packs because some of the beads may be defective.


The materials I used to make the silver/blue/pink bracelet :
- Khéops  par Puca two-hole triangle beads, argentees; store
- O-Beads, crystal full labrador; store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, ceylon aqua (#143); store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, matte pewter (#566); store
- Toho seed beads, size 11/0, color lined magenta/crystal (#356); store
- Toho seed beads, size 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Swarovski crystal xilion bicones, 4mm, fuchsia; store
- Magnetic clasp, 7.5mm x 12.5mm, silver plated; 
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" (0.15 mm), white; 


The white/blue/orange bracelet:
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, white luster; store
- O-Beads, crystal full labrador; store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, opaque matte yellow (#42F); store
- Dyna-Mites seed beads, size 8/0, opaque dark orange; store
- Toho seed beads, size 11/0, color lined magenta/crystal (#356); store
- Toho seed beads, size 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Chinese crystal bicones, 4mm, blue cobalt; 
- Magnetic clasp, 7.5mm x 12.5mm, silver plated;
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" (0.15 mm), white; 

That's it! I hope you like the tutorial! If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment here on the blog or send me an email. I will answer as soon as possible!

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lovely Lace Bracelet

Hi everyone! How are you doing? I was two months without beading and I almost went crazy because of that! LOL But the problem is, sometimes when I'm worried about something, I have a lock on my creativity. It's like I did not feel energy to beading. And to avoid being frustrated about that, in my free time I leave my beadwork aside and focus in another relaxing activities like walking, reading, meditating, etc.

But in the last weekend I just felt an urge to beading again. I decided to make a bracelet that was in my to-do list for a while: the Lovely Lace bracelet, designed by Teejay Joyce. The tutorial was made by Linda Genaw and she published it for free in her blog. Click HERE to see her post where she shares the link for download.

The design is very feminine and delicate. It's also easy to make. I love it so much that I ended up making three bracelets:




The two bracelets in the first picture were made exactly as in the pattern. I made them a bit longer than the size I normally make my bracelets because I wanted them loose in my wrist.

The bracelet in the second picture were made with seed beads in size 6/0, 8/0 and 11/0 (instead of beads in size 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0). The pearl in the center of each motif measures 6mm. There were no need to make any changes in the pattern.

I took another picture of a small bracelet beside the big one so you can see better the difference in the size. I don't know why, but in this picture the colors of the bracelets are a bit different of the original.



The materials I used:

Amethyst bracelet:
- Toho seed beads 8/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, silver lined light periodt opal (#2118); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, gray lined crystal (#261);
- Darice glass pearl, 4mm, grey;
- Round magnetic clasp. 6x10mm, silver;
- C-Lon thread, size D, gray; store

Black bracelet:
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque jet (#49); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, opaque jet (#49); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, transparent rainbow frosted crystal (#161F); store
- Darice glass pearl, 4mm, grey; 
- Round magnetic clasp, 6mm, gunmetal plated; store
- C-Lon thread, size D, black; store

Green bracelet:
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 6/0, iris gold; store
- Toho seed beads 6/0, transparent matte moss (#940F);
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 8/0, iris gold; store
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 11/0, iris gold; store
- Darice glass pearl, 6mm, green;
- Magnetic clasp, brass, 8x12mm;
- C-Lon thread, size D, brown; store

To finish this post I want to thank you for your emails and messages here and on my Youtube channel. I feel so happy to know you're enjoying the tutorials and the blog as well. Your support means a lot to me! Big hugs for you all!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Pattern Review: Losange Bracelet and Rose Petal Earrings

Here is what I did yestarday: some beadwork designed by Sidonia. If you don't know her, check her Youtube channel HERE.

I'm a big fan of Sidonia's designs. She creates beautiful and delicate beading jewelry using seed beads and Swarovski crystals. I like the way she combine colors, making her designs have a sophisticated look.

The first project I made is the Losange bracelet and earrings (watch the bracelet tutorial HERE and the earring tutorial HERE). It's easy to make and I totally recommend it for beginners. Because the design is lace, I decided to use seed beads in gunmetal color, to create a contrast with my skin and show the details better.


The materials I used to make them:

- Toho seed beads 8/0, metallic hematite (#81); Store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, metallic hematite (#81); Store
- Hemalyke round beads 4mm; Store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; Store
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm (.006"), black; Store

The second project, also from Sidonia, is the Rose Petal earrings (watch HERE). I bought some Czech rose petal beads quite some time ago and I didn't have any idea to use them. So when I saw this tutorial, I couldn't be happier! Finally I put those beads in good use.

The earrings aren't difficult to make. But if you don't know right angle weave stitch, you may get confused, especially when Sidonia explains how to place the petals so they all face to the same side.

Here's my version of the rose petal earrings:


The materials I used to make it:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, color lined silver/crystal (#261); Store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, color lined silver/crystal (#261);
- Rose petals 8x7mm, full labrador; Store
- Thunder Polish bicones, 3mm, aqua AB;
- One G thread, white; Store

Friday, March 13, 2015

Orion Bracelet

Here is the second version of the Orion bracelet that I talked about in a previous post.



The materials I used:
- Delica beads 11/0, grey ghost opaque luster (#DB1570); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, opaque pearl gray luster (#449B); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, crystal silver lined (#1); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, turquoise green opaque luster (#2470); store
- Miyuki seed beads 15/0, crystal silver lined (#1); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, pacific opal; store
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal; store
- Fireline, 6LB/size D or 0.008" diam, crystal;
- One G thread, white;

I used Fireline to make the central part of the bracelet and One G thread to make the herringbone ropes.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tutorial: Orion Bracelet - Part 1/2

To see the materials I used in the tutorial and more information, click HERE.


Orion Bracelet

Hi everyone! How are you doing? After a long time away, I'm finally back with a new tutorial for you. :)

This is my first very advanced project. It took me a month designing it and shooting the video. I'm really happy with the result and I hope you like it too.


The tutorial was divide in several steps: in the first one I show you how to bezel a 12mm rivoli with peyote stitch and how to embellish it. In the second step I show how to join the four rivoli components together, to form the central part of the bracelet. Then I explain how to make the cords in tubular herringbone stitch in the third step and how to join each cord to the central part in the fourth step. Finally, in the fifth step, I show you how to make the end caps and how to attach them to the end of the herringbone ropes.

In my opinion, the steps showing how to make the joins are the most difficult parts of the tutorial. I think it requires some experience with beadwork to understand them.


I have some observations before you start working in this project:

1) The delica beads in matte color are difficult to work with. It's hard to pass the needle through them when you're doing the peyote stitch. I'm making another version of this bracelet, with delica beads in luster color, and it's so much easier to pass the needle through them! I could even use beading needle #11.

2) The size of the bracelet may vary depending on the beads you choose to make the herringbone ropes. I made this bracelet with Toho beads. Its size is 6.5" or 16.5cm without the clasp. Now, I'm using Miyuki beads in the new bracelet I'm making and the size of it is 6" or 15.25cm. So, before joining the herringbone ropes, I recommend you place them right next to the central part in your bead mat. Use pins to keep them in place. Place the ends of the ropes together to simulate the final design of the bracelet. Then measure it. If it's shorter or longer than the desired length, just add or remove beads in each herringbone rope. Just remember that the four ropes must have the same quantity of rows. And don't forget to consider the size of your clasp.

3) Use a strong thread (like Fireline or similar) to make this project. To bezel the rivolis, I recommend a thread of 0.20mm of diameter or thinner, because we pass several times through the beads. I used Wildfire 0.15mm in black color, but I didn't like to work with it. After passing through the beads a few times, the color wore off in some points of the thread, showing its core in white color.

Now a close-up of the bracelet:




The list of materials I used:

- Delica beads 11/0, matte black (#DB0310); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque frosted jet (#49F); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, silver lined grey (#921L); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; Silvexcraft
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal black patina; Silvexcraft
- Zam 3 toggle clasp, sterling silver; Silvexcraft
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm, black; local store


The links for the tutorial: PART 1 and PART 2.

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